Looking for assistance? In this section you’ll find details of a selection of the many organisations who offer support, services, advice and/ or opportunities for creative sector businesses, including grants and funding. The list includes links to a broad range of bodies, organisations and services, and should not be viewed as definitive.

Tools, Toolkits and Other Resources – dozens of free downloadable resources and toolkits covering such vital topics as enterprise, innovation, audience development, managing websites, social media, crowdfunding, tax and NI, risk assessment and crisis management, book-keeping, commissioning and much more. Plus open source software for your office and other ‘goodies’.

Training, Networking and Funding – general, inc. crowdfunding and grants.

Performing Arts – inc. theatre, music, dance and festivals.

Media – inc. film, gaming, digital, TV and journalism.

Visual Art and Craft – inc. photography, illustration, design and fashion.

Miscellaneous – inc. literature, spoken word, museums.

West Midlands Local Authorities – Coventry and Warwickshire; West Midlands (inc. Birmingham and The Black Country); Shropshire; Staffordshire; Herefordshire; Worcestershire.

  • Also see Partners for a list of consultants and creative sector experts who’ve offered businesses advice via CE.

PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion within these lists should not be viewed as an official endorsement of an organisation. CE cannot be held responsible for the services offered by third parties. There may be other organisations not included here who offer similar or alternative services which may better suit your specific needs. Lists compiled December 2015. All information is correct at time of publication. Organisations listed may change their services and remit. Do compare services offered where appropriate before making significant decisions. These lists will not be updated or amended.